Owners of a longtime restaurant in East Arlington have decided to close up shop and pass the torch onto a new team of hospitality-minded individuals. Bob and Mary Jo Sargent will close Flora at 190 Massachusetts Ave. after 20 years of service, Boston Restaurant Talk reported.
The restaurant's new proprietors are Wayne Duprey and Cyrille Couet, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new project, a French-inspired restaurant called Financier. "We want to carry on the traditions that Flora has instilled within this town and create a neighborhood restaurant for people to call home," the team wrote on the fundraising page.
The concept will feature French-style cuisine that uses "New England's local fish, dairy, protein and produce," the pair wrote. The name comes from a French type of cake that resembles the shape of a bar of gold, which incidentally speaks to the restaurant's location in a building that once served as a bank.
Duprey and Couet's fundraising efforts will go towards renovations to the space, including repairs to the kitchen and bar, new flooring for the bar and dining room, and both painting and electrical repairs. Additionally, the original bank vault will be turned into a private dining room. Duprey will serve as manager and Couet as chef of Financier.
Flora's last day in business will be June 30, and the Financier team hopes to reopen by September 2016.
UPDATE: It will be called Duet, not Financier.